Meet Chris Berney

Prof Christophe Berney


Prof Chris Berney is a general surgeon, specialising in advanced laparoscopic procedures. He completed his training in Switzerland before coming to Australia over 23 years ago. He has dedicated is professional expertise to the development and implementation of many different laparoscopic procedures, based on seeing his patients returning to near normal activities within days and significantly improving their overall quality of life.

Laparoscopic work is minimally invasive resulting in reduced post-operative complication rate and a much quicker recovery time. Prof Berney works very closely with the medical devices industry that plays such a vital role in developing life-saving and life-enhancing products. He is continuously looking at better ways to improving surgical techniques thus his patients can benefit even further from these innovations in his practice whenever possible

As well as advanced laparoscopic surgery, Prof Berney performs endocrine surgery (thyroid gland, parathyroid gland) and endoscopic procedures such as gastroscopies and colonoscopies.

‘My aim is to deliver the highest quality service and to provide a thorough analysis of individual surgical needs. I will find the most appropriate and least invasive approach that provides the best outcomes for my patients.‘

Prof Berney has appointments at the Prince of Wales Private, Waratah Private and Bankstown Hospitals. He is also Supervisor of Surgical Education & Training for General Surgery, as well as Conjoint Professor with the University of NSW. He was awarded a PhD in Medicine in 1999 for his research on the development of liver metastases from colorectal cancer.


  • Visiting Medical Officer, Department of Surgery, Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital, Eldridge Road, Bankstown
  • Conjoint Professor at the University of NSW
  • Supervisor of Surgical Education & Training for General Surgery
  • University of N.S.W. Coordinator of Undergraduate Surgical Teaching
  • Committee Member of the New South Wales Regional Board in General Surgery (BiGS)
  • Associate Member of the Australian and New Zealand Endocrine Surgeons (AES)
  • Member of the General Surgeons Australia (GSA)
  • Member of the European Hernia Society (EHS)
  • Member of the European Association for Transluminal Surgery (EATS)
  • Member of the Gastroenterological Society of Australia (GESA)
  • Member of the Obesity Surgery Society of Australia and New Zealand (OSSANZ)


1965 – 1981: Primary and secondary school in Geneva, Switzerland
1981: Maturité Fédérale (Baccalauréat)
1981 – 1988: Medical School, University of Geneva, Switzerland


1986: Tropical Medecine Certificate, University of Geneva,
1988: M.D. (Diplôme Fédéral de Médecine), University of Geneva
1991: Thesis (Doctorat en Médecine), University of Geneva
1992: Postgraduate Exam (Connaissances de base en Chirurgie), University of Geneva
1997: F.M.H.: Specialist in General Surgery (Switzerland)
1999: Medicine, University of N.S.W., Sydney
2002: F.R.A.C.S. : Specialist in General Surgery (Australia)
2002: G.E.S.A. : Recognition of Training in Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

Post-Graduate Education:

1988 – 1989: Residency in Department of Surgery, Geneva University Hospital, (Prof. A. Rohner)
1989 – 1990: Residency in Clinical Pathology, Geneva University Hospital, (Prof. Y. Kapanci)
1990 – 1991: Residency in Department of Surgery, Geneva University Hospital, (Prof. A. Rohner)
1991 – 1992: Residency in Department of Surgery, Morges Regional Hospital, Switzerland, (Dr. A. Meyer)
1992 – 1996: Residency in Department of Surgery, Geneva University Hospital, (Prof. A. Rohner & Prof. P. Graber)
1996 – 1999: Research Fellowship in Oncology Research Centre (Prof. P. J. Russell) and Department of Surgery (Prof. J. Ham), Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney
1999 – 2001: Surgical Fellowship (part time) in Department of Surgery (Prof. J. Ham), Prince of Wales Hospital
2001 – 2002: Surgical Fellowship in Department of Surgery (Dr. N. Merrett), Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital
2002 – 2003: Surgical Fellowship in Department of Surgery (Prof. S. Deane), Liverpool Hospital


Tow Research Prize 1996, The Prince Henry and Prince of Wales Hospitals, Sydney, Australia: nm23 protein expression assessed by colour video image analysis is increased in metastatic colorectal cancer and correlates with reduced patient survival.

Bard Prize given to co-author, Dr. David Links at the 79th Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) of the Royal College of Surgeons (RACS), Perth,
Australia: Initial experience with Endoloop technique to reduce post-operative seroma after totally extraperitoneal (TEP) repair of direct inguinal hernia (DIH).

Best Registrar’s Presentation Prize to co-author, Dr. Ian Rebello at the 80th Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) of the Royal College of Surgeons (RACS), Adelaide, Australia: Prospective study of pain and physical function following endoscopic mesh repair of inguinal hernia with glue fixation.

NSW/ACT Hernia Prize to co-author, Dr. Eugenia Ip at the 2011 GSA Annual Scientific Meeting, Darwin, Australia: Totally extraperitoneal hernia repair with mesh fixation by fibrin glue: safety and outcomes.

Tutor of the year, Bankstown-Consultant, University of N.S.W.


1996-1997: Swiss National Fund for Scientific Research (Bourse de relève)
1997-1999: The Anti-Cancer League of Geneva (Ligue Genevoise contre le Cancer)
1996-1999: Overseas Postgraduate Research Scholarship (OPRS) (Three years enrolment at the University of N.S.W. for a PhD study in Medicine)

Scientific Publications

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Areas of General Surgical & Research Interest:

Advanced laparoscopic upper and lower gastrointestinal surgery
Laparoscopic hernia surgery
Laparoscopic morbid obesity surgery (Bariatric surgery)
Endocrine and minimally invasive surgery
Endoscopies (gastroscopy & colonoscopy)
Role of new biological markers in the development of metastasis from gastrointestinal neoplasias.
Development of new therapeutic approaches (gene therapy, vaccination therapy) in the management of gastrointestinal neoplasias.

A current member of the following associations:

Royal Australian College of Surgeons Profile